Thursday, 28 October 2010

North Down Council Offices

When out for my regular walks, (this photo was taken on Sunday Morning) - anything between 3 and 8 miles I pass this building, it is a beautiful building and worthy of a photograph and blog entry.

This imposing building built in 1852 for Robert Edward Ward. It is presently the headquarters of North Down Borough Council who use the mansion’s spectacular grand saloon as the council chamber.

The building was completed in 1852 for The Hon Robert Edward Ward, this imposing building is an elegant mansion in the Elizabethan-Jacobean revival style. It had no fewer than 35 bedrooms and incorporated a huge saloon for musical recitals.

When the then municipal authority, Bangor Borough Council, acquired the Castle and grounds, the music saloon became the Council Chamber. Situated in Castle Park the gardens have won many awards for their outstanding blooms.


Also in the grounds of Castle Park stands this old tree stump - once a mighty tree sadly the years have taken their toll, however back in 1690 it was believed that The Duke of Schomberg tied his horse to the tree - on a welcome break just prior the long journey to Oldbridge at the River Boyne, for a famous military victory.

My walk also takes me through the beautiful walled garden at Castle Park - a delight all the year round.


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